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Here are just a few of your achievements:
Helped involve the DCLG and English Heritage in protecting our heritage.
A peaceful demonstration bringing the rural communities together to show our opposition to PCCs plan to destroy tenanted farming in Peterborough.
Successfully opposed Milking Nook Turbine.
Raised awareness of the impending destruction of Thorney’s landscape by excessive development of Wind Turbines and supported the work of other groups in this area.
Raised awareness of changing the use of local countryside into transient traveller sites.
Met with Empower a Renewables company who work with local communities to produce sensitive and appropriate Green energy Schemes which are less risky.
Exposed the massive spend by PCC on projects which just are not working or appropriate. Freeman’s and the Solar Power Stations on America Farm, Newborough Farms and Morris Fen. Currently 1m+ on Freeman’s and anything upwards of £1.8m on Solar power stations. (We are not sure though because the leader of the project John Harrison wasn’t sure when asked in Rural Scrutiny)
Can the NLPG thank you for your hard work in the past year and in the future.
Many of you will be aware of the wholly inappropriate plan to build a gypsy/traveller site on open countryside next to a small residential hamlet inbetween Newborough and Peakirk. On an agricultural field near the Decoy in Milking Nook there are plans for a change of use to residential. If this is passed it sets a precedent for the much larger transient site to be built in or near to our villages, dominating our homes.
Peterborough City Council have a tradition of rejecting Traveller/gypsy sites in unsuitable locations, but on this occasion, they have recommended approval. Hewittson’s of Cambridgeshire described the report as misrepresentative and unsubstantial. The author of the report Mr. Cundy told us he was only given a “few days to write the report”. Whilst we sympathise with him, this is inadequate for a site of such importance near to national monuments and county wildlife sites. With so many objections and in breach of national gypsy/traveller site guidance from the DCLG we cannot understand how the council have recommended approval. Unless this is part of their continued attack upon our communities. We could not believe this would be possible, but in light of such a poor report many people are suspicious. Whilst we cannot share these views as there is no evidence we are perplexed.
Please attend the meeting and make your voice heard. Do not let your silence allow this inappropriate report and inappropriate application destroy our countryside. More importantly make sure that this poor family do not have their health threatened by a dangerous site at risk to serious flooding.